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Vyner off the mark in Robins colours

Academy graduate Zak Vyner was “buzzing” after scoring his first City goal to help his side record a 2-0 win over Preston North End.

Famara Diédhiou met Tommy Rowe’s corner inside the eighth minute to head the Robins in front before Zak Vyner’s mis-hit shot with 12 minutes remaining curled away from Preston’s keeper to double the lead.

It rounded off a good afternoon’s work to secure a first win over the Lilywhites since 2011, which helped City jump to ninth in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Speaking to Robins TV, Vyner said: “I’m buzzing as you can tell! It was a good team performance to get the win and clean sheet but personally I’m buzzing to get off the mark and a goal like that…I’ll take that. He joked: “It was meant to go into the top corner just like that!”

Vyner said it was a “deserved” win with City “resolute” across the pitch as they kept Preston at arm’s length for much of the game.

The 23-year-old continued: “They [Preston] didn’t really have many chances, and we limited them to one header against the bar and I felt we were resolute in defence and going forward.

“We created a few chances; Kasey had a couple of shots in the first half and we played really well. We deserved the win definitely, and we now go into a tough game against Norwich and try to do what we can do.”

Vyner started in central midfield for the first time this season and excelled alongside Ádám Nagy. “We’d worked there in the week on that shape, so I had an inkling. We found out the team yesterday (Friday), so we go from there. We had a good shape and I feel we did really well,” he said.

Now the Robins get set to take on table toppers Norwich City at Carrow Road on Wednesday night (January 20th, 6pm KO), live on Robins TV to Season Card holders, off the back of consecutive wins in 2021.

Vyner added: “It will be a tough night; we know what they can do but we’ll go there to try and implement what we can do. If we defend like we did today and show a good shape again then we can do well.”

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